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beautiful beautiful beautiful!.....and...no....no one can work so meticulously, so fast...............either you have a bunch of elves working for you at night......or..... your ship is really already completed, and you're just posting shots of the build as the days go by......:D.......

       it's just too much for me...i may not be able to look at it anymore :)   kinda like if Christ came down and manifested in a blaze of light right now.....many, if not most, would shriek, and cover their eyes, and hide....all their shortcomings and sins being so exposed...:D:D

    it is kind of a miracle to me.........i'll keep looking, but i'll be at a loss for words, so i'll just be clicking on ....like.... from now on :)

apologies, if i'm over reacting...cheers.............

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Thank you all for such kind words, I put all my heart and will in this build, I take the time to make things as good as I can, and it's a nice reward to see that you like my work, I'm honored and it's pushing me forward to do the next steps as good as the previous ones. It's a very tough and painstaking work, very demanding in time and very rigorous. Encouragements are welcome !! :D 

Victor, in fact I'm very slow at work, and I'm alone ! My little boy is now 2 1/2 years, it's too young to be productive ! :D:D  I even had to stop working on the SR for two years because of him, my job, and my martial arts gym. I only came back to the workshop a few weeks ago, in september. So I hope the build will now go on again ! Anyway thank you for your words that have great meaning to me. I really hope you will like the next steps !!

Marc, there are some flaws, but only I know where they are ! If you visit me eventually I will show you, but hopefully these are minor flaws... 

Indeed the sheerline is quite curved. I love these 3/4 views, where you can see the beauty of these curves. It seems much more linear in a side view, but the period drawings often shows 3/4 views. But I listened to your advice, (anyway that was something I had planed to do) and revised, not the top sheerline but the middle sheerline and dropped it a little more. (less than two mm, and it makes a difference) 


Here are the last pictures at this day, I did not post them earlier because of my job tooking me much time the last couple of days. Hope you will like them. The neon lights of the workshop make the ship a little bit darker than she is. 



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The lines are so true and the curves are so fair.  This truly is a masterwork.  When I consider that this is your first scratch-build - and your first forray into woodworking - I just scratch my head at the wonder of it!


But Marc, you tease us with just the smallest glimpse of the poster on the wall above SR.  This is a new addition to the workshop decor?  Please show us the poster.


And, yes, some day I will make it back to France.  We had hoped - my sister and I - to bring my father back for one last visit on his 83rd birhday, his past summer.  This isn't a sad story.  My father is still alive and well.  It was just the cost that was prohibitive.  My children are also young, and once the school year begins, our finances go south 😔.  But some day, I will get back there, and I will be all too happy to finally meet you and Michel.


P.S. I am very impressed with your framing of the octagonal ports.

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Magnificent, Marc.  Your pre-planning of every piece is resulting in a truly outstanding build, first time or not.  I am even more impressed by your dedication to such small details as making square bolt heads.   Inspiring work.


But is that Darth Vader standing next to your row of cannon?  Do you have a battalion of tiny storm troopers who are actually doing the work? 


If you do, that's even more impressive.






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Hello marc !

Still as beautiful and interesting to watch, bravo !

About the following, you could tell us more : dimensions, how to machine, how long to make a piece, there are traps to avoid ? ...


Thank you in advance and congratulations again !


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keep it up!....all the power to you.........never get tired of waiting when there is something waiting for :)..........and the perfection of the lines of that hull is beyond breathtaking................i keep looking at it over and over...........

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Thank you for your patience. I'm very busy with work for the last couple of weeks but it should calm down soon. I will come back when I can. 

By the way, I wish you all a very happy new year !


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Happy New Year, Marc!


I'm just re-visiting your build because I've been reading J.C. Lemineur's monographie on the Saint Philippe, and enjoying that very much.  What you have achieved with your hull, from the main couple forward and aft, corresponds very well with what Lemineur details so clearly about late 17th C. practice, while also seamlessly incorporating the pre-1673 transom framing.  It really is a marvel!  I wasn't really understanding, until just recently, that it was the placement of the wing transom above the stern chase ports (pre-1673) that cause this peculiarity of SR1's transom profile.  Michel has tried to explain this to me - and other things that, owing to a lack of common ship vocabulary were hard to grasp - but now they are coming into focus.


I hope that life, fatherhood and work are being kind to you, and that you will soon be working on your magnificent ship again.


All the best,



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